I first became aware of the Здравословен Живот or Healthy Living shop while driving around on Bogatitza Street trying to avoid the Chern Vrach traffic. I made a mental note of its location, which is easy to remember because it is situated behind
Skank South Park Bar and Dinner. While I forgot about this place for a while, I was reminded to check them out when I saw their booth set up at Sofia’s Green Days.
I had a bit of a funny incident while trying to find parking for this place, which is a big problem. The parking situation is awful. I managed to find a spot which was tight and on a hill so, it needed my insane parallel parking skills, but I happened to be multitasking
talking on the phone and I forgot to keep my car in gear and put on the parking break… oops! So as I am leaving the car, hanging up my phone, I see my car starting to roll down the hill… headed for a large, expensive, black SUV (a.k.a Mutri mobile), so I open the car, jump in and yank the hand break as hard as I could… narrowly avoiding and sticky situation. I felt like I was in a movie and I was pumped with adrenaline. Anyway… back to the shop!
The entrance to the shop is situated a little below street level, but there are plenty of signs.
You can find the Healthy Living shop in Lozenetz, Jilishtna Group “South Park” Bldg. 27 Kozyak Street (Behind South Park Bar and Dinner) Tel: +359 882 828 828. They host events at the shop like wine tasting, so Become a fan on Facebook to keep up to date.
I am a bit of a clean freak, but my house is a total wreck 90% of the time… toys, clutter, laundry, etc… For me, knowing that things are deep-down clean is what I obsess about. The clutter or mess that is just resting on the surface, I can live with.
I did some research on different recipes for a natural all-purpose cleaner and found one that I liked at Elizabeth Redmond’s Green Options. The only problem was finding borax in Bulgaria. I did a little googling to find out that borax is the same word in Bulgarian, боракс and it is available at most pharmacies (аптека) The cost for 20g of borax at my pharmacy in Kyustendil was .55 ст.
- 1 – 1.5 t Borax
- 1T – 1.5T Distilled vinegar (recommended) or white wine vinegar
- 500ml Warm water (give or take, depending on the size of your bottle)
Moving on! I did try all of the samples that I received: Hemp and Meadow foam Shampoo, Conditioner and Lavender and Geranium Body Wash. Overall, I was happy with everything, but I missed the lathery, foamy feeling of the shampoo. You can find there product in many organic, bio-shops in through out Sofia. I have a list, but they are over 20 shops. For those of you who aren’t Bulgarian or live in Bulgaria, feel free to skim through the rest.
Slow Food products were represented, such as Smilyan Beans and Meurche.
Enza Zaden, a seed breeding company had a booth that had live bees, which have been breed to pollinate green house vegetables. They are located at: Tzalapitza, m. Cherhota № 135 А Tel: +359 314 92 117/ +359 32 94 20 99 (с. Цалапица м. “Чернота” № 135 А Тел: +359 314 92 117/ +359 32 94 20 99)